Barbara (Crowell) Chernikoff

Barbara (Crowell) Chernikoff, 84, died peacefully on Sept. 3, 2021, surrounded by loved ones in Mount Vernon, Washington.

She was born Feb. 27, 1937, to Coleman and Virginia Crowell in Turlock, California, and moved to Ketchikan in 1959.

She attended Fresno State College and earned a degree in home economics. She achieved her master’s degree in teaching from the University of Alaska Southeast.  

She married Murray Simpson in 1961 and raised three children. In 1976, she married Boris Chernikoff Jr.

Mrs. Chernikoff taught at Houghtaling Elementary School for a total of 19.5 years before retiring. She moved to Coupeville, Washington, in 2001.

She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta, Gamma Epsilon Chapter, PEO, League of Women Voters and the garden club.

Mrs. Chernikoff also was a member of the Clover Pass Community Church in Ketchikan, and the Evangelical Free Church in Greenbank, Washington.  

She enjoyed being active in her church community, card ministry, gardening, music, playing piano, sewing, counted cross-stitch, making cards, volunteering in a variety of organizations, and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She square danced and belonged to a dinner dance club in Ketchikan. She also participated in the national square dance competition in Seattle.

Mrs. Chernikoff is survived by her husband of 45 years, Boris Chernikoff Jr.; brother, Richard Crowell; sons, Greg (Suzette) Simpson and Doug Simpson; daughter, Lynda Simpson, stepdaughters, Edna (Alan) Hagan and Debbie (John) Kesselring; stepson, Robert (JoAnne) Chernikoff; and 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, at the Evangelical Free Church, located at 874 Plantation Drive, Greenbank, Washington, 98253.